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In this outstanding literary letter, Longfellow writes in full and sends an early draft of his beloved poem "Excelsior," commenting on its meaning and significance and writing out all thirty-six lines. The poet states that the work is among the best he has written, describes the circumstances of its writing, and points out its central theme. He observes that only one person has seen it and that Ward should "keep it quietly to yourself." Longfellow writes in part, "I am glad you liked Endymion, for sympathy is sweet. But today I send you something much better; indeed one of the best things, if not the best, that I have written. The other night, about one o'clock, as I was smoking a cigar preparatory to going to bed, it came into my mind; but as it was late, I thought I would not write it out till the morning. Accordingly, I went to bed; but I could not sleep. That voice kept ringing in my ears; and finally, I jumped out of bed, lighted my lamp, and set to work. The result was this poem, and a dreadful cold and ... Read more

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The Elephant Bazar [sic], Coney Island

(Coney Island) John Johnstone, photographer

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8 ¼ x 6 ½ inch albumen print, titled in image. Good tones and a crisp image. Near fine condition. A wonderful photograph of the fabled Coney Island Elephant, the seven-story hotel designed and opened by James V. Lafferty in 1885. Located at Surf Avenue and West 5th Street, the elephant cost $250,000 to build. Lafferty patented zoomorphic architecture—in 1882 the U.S. Patent Office granted him a patent giving him the exclusive right to make, use or sell animal-shaped buildings for 17 years. His first elephant building was Lucy, which still stands at Margate, New Jersey. Coney's palatial pachyderm was 122 feet tall, and its legs measured 60 feet in circumference, the whole covered in a coating of blue tin. Inside there were thirty-one rooms of varying shapes and sizes, including a grand hall, a gallery, and a museum. A cigar shop operated out of one leg and a diorama was on display in another. The Stomach Room was a 60 x 35 feet triangle. The Cheek Room offered visitors a fantastic view of ... Read more

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Signed by Mark Twain, Thomas Edison, and Andrew Carnegie (who has signed twice), and others. This event commemorated the opening of the Engineers Club's fabulous new home at 32 West 40th Street on Bryant Park in New York. Opening with oysters and closing with petits fours, this gathering of American industrialists was entertained by Samuel Clemens, which has signed the volume as Mark Twain. The author's friend Andrew Carnegie paid for the club, and Twain roasted him gently, stating in part, "just look at Mr. Carnegie's face. It is all scintillating with fictitious innocence. You might think that he had never committed a crime." The elegant volume, engraved by Tuffany & Co., is illustrated with a portrait of Carnegie, a view of the building, and images of the previous two club houses. It is accompanied by Swasey's original engraved invitation and printed list of attending members and dinner seating. Laid in are newspaper accounts of the event. Very rare. We have not seen another example. Provenance: Ambrose Sw ... Read more

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"one of the great seminal works of the century" — Goodwin A rare complete run of first editions of the proceedings of the celebrated Vienna Colloquium. This landmark collection of papers in mathematical economics includes John von Neumann's famed 1937 general equilibrium paper, "the greatest paper in mathematical economics that was ever written" (E. Roy Weintraub) and "one of the great seminal works of the century" (Richard Goodwin). The Vienna Colloquium, run by the mathematician Karl Menger in the 1930s, brought together leading thinkers in mathematics, the physical sciences, philosophy, statistics, and economics. The resulting series of publications contains "path-breaking papers by Menger, Gödel, Tarski, Wald, Wiener, John von Neumann, and many others" (IIT Menger website). This is a complete run of numbers 1-8. The rare final three numbers contain the four seminal papers on mathematical economics by Schlesinger, Wald (two papers), and von Neumann. "The starting signal for the development that would br ... Read more

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Esquisse d'un Tableau Historique des Progres de L'Esprit Humain

Condorcet, Jean-Antoine-Nicolas, Marquis de

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THE PERFECTIBILITY OF MAN. 8vo. Early half red morocco. Near fine. FIRST EDITION. A distinguished mathematician and friend of Voltaire, d'Alembert, and Turgot, Condorcet played a major role in promoting the Revolution's democratic principles. In the Esquisse (An Historical Outline of the Progress of the Human Mind), he traces the history of man through ten epochs, moving from savagery through the development of civilization and knowledge up to Descartes in the eighth epoch. The ninth epoch spans the Enlightenment from Descartes to the Revolution. For the tenth epoch, Condorcet predicts that equality of opportunity will prevail among all classes and nations and that man will improve intellectually, morally, and physically. "A belief in the ultimate perfectibility of man lies at the root of all progressive thinking about the human condition. The philosophes and Godwin had familiarized the reading public with this notion, but it was left to Condorcet to give it its finest and most durable expression. . . . Unlik ... Read more

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Contemporary armorial calf, spine gilt, red morocco label. A few small spots. Fine. First edition of the book that is, "more emphatically than any other single work, the cradle of political economy" (Jevons). Published posthumously, Cantillon's Essay on the Nature of Trade in General was cited by Adam Smith, Condillac, Quesnay, Harris, Postlethwayt, and many others. It is "the most systematic treatment on economic principles before the Wealth of Nations" (Roll), and Cantillon is the "founding father of modern economics" (Rothbard). Born in Ireland, Cantillon was active in banking in Paris for years. A man among boys in business, he made a fortune from John Law's scheme. "Bankers fell like autumn leaves in Paris between 1717 and 1720, and as Higgs remarks, 'Their losses were probably very heavy in 1720 and much of them went into Cantillon's pocket'" (New Palgrave). He successfully defended himself in numerous lawsuits brought by victims of the Mississippi Bubble, but he eventually deemed it prudent to depart f ... Read more

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Original wrappers. Remnant of label on wrapper. Light wear. Near fine. FIRST EDITION, offprint issue. Presentation copy with the stamp of the Wrights' advisor, mentor, and chief promoter, aviation pioneer Octave Chanute. Chanute was the most important figure in aviation from 1890 to 1910. This is the first account of the Wrights' experiments with motorized gliders. After the glider trials of 1901, the Wrights constructed a wind tunnel in Dayton used for a series of tests of over 200 wing and bi-plane combinations. The men then built a new glider, equipped with a vertical rear rudder which offset the twisting movements caused by the warping of the wings. This report describes the nearly one thousand trial flights made during the summer of 1902 with this superior machine. The machine functioned well. Wilbur declared, "the machine seemed to have reached a higher state of development than the operators" (p. 8). The second objective of the 1902 experiments was "to obtain data for the study of scientific problems i ... Read more

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THE RACE TO DISCOVER NEPTUNE. v, 584 pp., map. In 8-page sheets, folded and untrimmed, accompanied by buff printed wrapper. Protective folding case. Fine. Item also includes: JAMES CHALLIS. An Account of Observations undertaken in search of the Planet discovered at Berlin on Sept. 23, 1846. [and] G. B. AIRY. Account of some Circumstances historically connected with the Discovery of the Planet exterior to Uranus. All in Memoirs of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. XVI. "One of the most interesting chapters in the history of astronomy" (Encylopedia Britannica, 11th ed.). The discovery of Neptune is highlighted by two singular features: that its existence was correctly surmised on a theoretical prediction, and the contention between its contemporaneous discoverers, British astronomer John Adams and French mathematician Urbain Le Verrier. This collection of relevant publications includes Adams's plea to the Royal Astronomical Society and a chronological arrangement of Le Verrier's formulas and comments in sele ... Read more

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Pioneering photographs of Central Park. One of the earliest photographers to work in New York, Victor Prevost (1820-1881) studied photography in France under Paul Delaroche and with Gustave Le Gray. In 1850 Prevost came to New York and established a studio at Broadway and Bleecker. He achieved limited commercial success, giving up photography as a career in 1857. Prevost continued to take photographs of major construction projects in New York City, the most important of which are his images of the new Central Park. These images are among the earliest extant photographs of the construction of Central Park. The Olmsted-Vaux plan was accepted in 1858, and work began at once, but it was not until the 1870s that the immense project was completed. As a result, these very early photographs present an unfamiliar view of the park, with immature plantings, temporary structures, worker housing, all without the towering buildings that figure prominently in later images. Three of the photographs are signed in the negative ... Read more

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An extraordinary collection of 26 photographic portraits of leading photographers

BRADY, GARDNER, MORSE, DAGUERRE, RUSSELL, WATKINS &c,

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26 photographs. Various processes. Many of the portraits were taken at the studios of the photographers themselves. This superb collection of photographs of photographers documents the spread of photography from its inventor Daguerre through the art's earliest practitioners in the United States and ultimately to the great photographers of the Civil War and the American West. The collection begins with a portrait of Louis Daguerre. Portraits of American photographic pioneers include Samuel Morse, who brought Daguerre's process to America, and John William Draper, the American scientist who helped to perfect it. Mathew Brady, greatest of all 19th-century American photographers, is represented by a fine CDV portrait and an image from the end of the war in which Brady inserts himself into a group portrait of U.S. Grant's staff. Brady trained photography giants Alexander Gardner and Timothy O'Sullivan, both of whom are represented with stunning portraits. Finally, the collection includes runs of portraits of photo ... Read more

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